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Author says pregnancy won't delay 6th 'Harry Potter'
Updated: 2004-07-25 09:18

Author of the Harry Potter books JK Rowling and her husband, Neil Murray, at the UK premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' in London, in this May 30, 2004, file photo. [AP]
Multi-million-selling author JK Rowling said Saturday she was expecting her third child but promised worldwide "Harry Potter" fans the pregnancy would not delay her writing a sixth book about the boy wizard.

"I am really delighted to say that I am expecting a third baby, who is due next year," she said on her Web Site.

"I always wanted three children so I could not be happier."

Rowling's five Harry Potter books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide, and fans young and old are waiting for the next in the series titled "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

"Now, I know that many Harry Potter fans' first reaction will be what does this mean for the timing of book six?" she said.

"Book six remains well on track and, fingers crossed of course, I don't foresee any baby-related delays or interruptions."

She said there was no date for the book's completion but added she "had written a lot and I really like it."

Rowling, 38, already has a daughter, Jessica, from her first marriage, and last year had a son, David, with her second husband Neil Murray.

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